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David

Children's book illustrator & toy designer living in Los Angeles. Addicted to audio books.

Alhambra, CA, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • 64 ratings
  • 167 titles in library
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  • The White Dragon: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anne McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (463)

    Never had there been as close a bonding as the one that existed between the daring and adventurous young Lord Jaxom and his extraordinary white dragon, Ruth. Pure white and incredibly agile, Ruth was a dragon of many talents, though almost everyone on Pern thought he was a runt that would never amount to anything. But Jaxom knew better.

    David says: "One of my all time favorites!"
    "One of my all time favorites!"
    Overall

    The story of Jaxom and his unusual white dragon Ruth is my favorite of the Dragonriders of Pern. I also highly recommend the Harperhall trilogy.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6372)
    Performance
    (5664)
    Story
    (5660)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Jim Dale is Fantastic! A perfect narrator."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to The Night Circus the most enjoyable?

    Jim Dale's narration is always a treat and here he lends his talents to a very complex and rich tale. I can't think of another narrator out there who could have done this material justice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    At first it was a little frustrating as the tale was creeping along, but I eventually settled in for the long haul and found a rich world of living characters. The slow pace grew on me and I eventually was not wanting the story to end! The Circus was an amazing place to visit and the tale always picked up when inside its many tents.


    What does Jim Dale bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Jim Dale has a way of reading a sentence that doesn't SOUND as if he is reading, but TELLING you a story. This storyteller aspect fit perfectly with this tale. He is an awesome talent and the perfect choice for a narrator of such a visually rich world of the Night Circus.


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, more please!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonsblood: Dragonriders of Pern

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Todd McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    Never in the dramatic history of Pern has there been a more dire emergency than that which faces the young dragonrider Lorana. A mysterious fatal illness is striking dragons. The epidemic is spreading like wildfire...and the next deadly cycle of Threadfall is only days away. Somehow, Lorana must find a cure before the dragons - including her own beloved Arith - succumb to the sickness, leaving Pern undefended.

    David says: "Great to revisit Pern, but"
    "Great to revisit Pern, but"
    Overall

    But there is a definite difference between Todd McCaffrey's style and his fantastic Mother's. This was a somewhat frustrating listen with too many threads (pardon the pun) going every which way. Character's seemed to leapt to correct conclusions without much evidence to go on and Mr. McCaffrey seemed to not care too much about the fate of his characters and treated many- including the heroine a little coldly. If he does not care for the characters, what makes a reader?
    I suggest Moreta Dragonlady of Pern before reading this. Maybe Todd's style will mature with time, but this seemed an amateur outing to Pern. It was like visiting your favorite vacation spot, only to find it under new (and less than capable) management.
    I hope he improves on his next ventures and does his mother proud.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Stone Light: Dark Reflections, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kai Meyer
    • Narrated By Toby Longworth
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    Merle, carrying the mysterious Flowing Queen within her, and Vermithrax, the winged stone lion, are flying into Hell. They are looking for help in freeing Venice from the invading Egyptian pharaoh and his mummy warriors. But some truly nightmarish surprises await them as they travel to the center of Hell and encounter its sinister ruler: Lord Light.

    Maarya says: "a little dissappointing"
    "Tedious and frustrating"
    Overall

    This book is poorly written and a frustrating listen. The story goes nowhere; many characters are dull and pointless. The Flowing Queen is useless. She makes contradictory and enigmatic observations that serve no purpose. Merle is dull and uninteresting. The book suffers from a major case of "Purple Prose" and seems very amature. It could have done with some serious editing! I wish I had a dime for every time a character "realized" something or "could see that? or " saw that bla bla bla? and the following phrases are so over-used it is comical: "Almost seemed to..." "Almost as if" "as if...? or comparisons "...like a..." It was frustrating see how many times they were used and made the story very amature. Here's how the majority of the sentences are set up: " A description or observation is made.... almost as if bla bla bla, but... something contradictory to the first observation.... a comparison- like a bla bla bla." The exchanges between Merle and The flowing queen are frustrating and pointless. You could really edit out the character of the queen because she serves no purpose at all! She seems to know things that could help Merle, but never does. She only offers slight warnings or observations that are useless and poorly written: "I thought that I knew much, but now know that I only know nothing...." (paraphrasing here, but its close) Descriptions are too long, and contradictory. The over use of the phrases I noted make them cliches. The only place the story comes alive is in the dialog of Lord Light. Some cool concepts: Mummy soldiers, the "collector" and The Heart House, but these aren't explored with much depth. The subplot of Saraphim and the renegades is fairly dull despite the action that is supposed to be taking place. First book was promising. This falls flat and goes nowhere fast. Disappointing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9559)
    Performance
    (5236)
    Story
    (5311)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Starts out great"
    Overall


    Starts out great but then the narrations begins to vary, sometimes it sounds like a full cast performing, then it switches to a single narrator doing voices, then that narrator is switched with another who sounds totaly different. Then it goes back to the full cast w/ many voices. The changes are jarring and happen without warning often in the middle of a chapter so you are constantly confused as to who is speaking and what is going on. There is no consitency in the narration of voices- all very random and sporadic. A headache of a listen and considering the level of detail and involved plot elements this makes for a very confusing experience.
    Not well executed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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